Contact Information

Undergraduate students: For information, call Dr. Peter M. Gigliotti, Commencement Committee chair, at 477-1202 or send e-mail to SUnews@ship.edu.

Graduate students: For information, view Graduate Commencement or call Shirley Smith at 477-1148 or send e-mail to smsmit@ship.edu

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General Information

Web Coverage

The Spring 2014 graduate commencement ceremony will be available online by clicking here.

The Spring 2014 undergraduate commencement ceremony is available online by clicking here.

Live coverage of the ceremonies will be on the Comcast Community Access Channel 21 and Campus Cable Channel 82.

Undergraduate Commencement Video Order Form 

Graduate Commencement Video Order Form

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Getting to Ship

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Spring Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony
11 a.m., May 10, 2014

Information for Faculty Participants

The Spring commencement programs are May 9 for graduate students and May 10 for undergraduate students. The graduate ceremony is 7 p.m. in the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center and the undergraduate ceremony is 11 a.m. in Seth Grove Stadium. Information on the graduate ceremony will be shared by the School of Graduate Studies.

  • Invitation to faculty: The Commencement Committee invites faculty to participate. College deans will poll department chairs by May 2 to determine the number of faculty participants to provide an accurate count of required seats.
  • Cap and gown: Faculty members who wish to order academic regalia are asked to contact the University Store at ext. 1600 from on-campus or 477-1600 from off-campus.
  • Diploma presentation: If you want to present a diploma cover to a family member who is graduating, please contact Dr. Peter M. Gigliotti at ext. 1202 or via e-mail at pmgigl@ship.edu by April 30.
  • Guest admission: No tickets are required for guest admission. Participants who wish to bring a guest may obtain a ticket for reserved seating in the stadium from the Office of University Communications and Marketing, ext. 1202, by April 30.
  • Guest arrival: Stadium gates open at 9 a.m. Light refreshments will be available. Refreshment stands also will be open to purchase cold drinks. Please have your guests arrive in time to be seated by 10:30 a.m. The academic procession begins promptly at 11 a.m.
  • Robing: Faculty will robe by 10:30 a.m. in the Red Raider Locker Room under the north end of the grandstand.
  • Academic procession: The academic procession will form at 10:45 a.m. and start promptly at 11 a.m. The mace bearer will lead the processional followed by the graduating class, faculty, administrators and the platform party. The recessional will be led by the mace bearer followed by the platform party, administrators and faculty. Since students will not recess, faculty who wish to remain to meet with graduates should step aside to allow other faculty to continue off the field.
  • Special note on inclement weather: Information about commencement will be available on Hotline at 477-1200. In the event of inclement weather, information will be placed on Hotline beginning May 9 and will be updated as needed. Final information will be available by 7 a.m. May 10. If bad weather forces commencement indoors, there will be two separate ceremonies in Heiges Field House. Members of the John L. Grove College of Business, and the College of Education and Human Services will participate in the 11 a.m. ceremony. Members of the College of Arts and Sciences will participate in the 3 p.m. ceremony. The decision to move indoors will be made by Interim President Harpster as soon as possible. If there are two ceremonies, faculty participants are asked to robe at least 30 minutes prior to the start of their respective ceremonies.

Should you have any questions concerning your participation in the ceremony, please call Dr. Gigliotti at ext. 1202 or via e-mail at pmgigl@ship.edu